James Edmonds is a former professional center fielder. Edmonds was selected in the seventh round of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft by the California Angels. He had injured his shoulder in his senior year of high school, causing him to fall in the draft.
Edmonds would go through much adversity after that before finally making it to the Cardinals in 2004. He also played for the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Cincinnati Reds from 1993 to 2010. Well known for his defensive abilities, Edmonds also was a prolific hitter, batting .284 with 393 home runs and an OPS of .903. The 2004 season was Edmonds' best season. During the NLCS against the Houston Astros, Edmonds made a diving, game-saving catch.He hit .301, had a .643 slugging percentage, 42 HRs, and 111 RBI; all but batting average were career highs. As a result, he earned a Silver Slugger Award, a Gold Glove Award, and was fifth in the voting for the Most Valuable Player Award. Edmonds would go on to win 8 Golden Glove awards over his career.
On March 14, 2013, Fox Sports Midwest announced the hiring of Jim Edmonds as a member of their St. Louis Cardinals broadcasting crew. Edmonds would serve as an analyst during Cardinals Live pre-game and post-game broadcasts. In 2014, Edmonds was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.